Present day 'development', advancement, 'modernity that focus almost exclusively on science and technology poses a serious question in our minds regarding man's well being in the true sense and infact regarding his very survival. The answer to this question as the author sees it, is in apari-graha or iccha parimana or the control of desires and material possessions. In doing so she also asks whether development, advancement and modernity are genuinely and unquestionably related to civilized human existence? In place of acquisitive and exploitative consumerism of today, the author pleads for a ethics-oriented world view. The first two essays referring to anti-human goal and risk to human survival find in the third essay a humane solution.
Using a critical analytic approach the author systematically and logically proves her point, in these three interrelated essays that outline first the dangers of the anti-human rat race and then put forward the humane solution of aparigraha. She, however, does hint at some of her apprehensions about the unobstructed applicability of the solution offered. A teacher of philosophy and essentially a reflective person Dr. Kamla Jain has thrown light on the issues that are very relevant today.
Dr. Kamla Jain is a Reader in the Dept. of philosophy in Jesus and Mary college, University of Delhi, where she is teaching Philosophy since 1969. She took her Doctorate from Delhi University, Dept. of Buddhist studies. She has travelled extensively in India and abroad. She has contributed many papers in magazines and seminars. This is her third book, the other two books are ‘Concept of Pancasila in Indian Thought-published by Pargvanatha Vidyiipitha, Varanasi 1983 and 1Kanikayen'- published by Rishabh Charan Jain and Sons. Delhi 1994.
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